July 28, 2007

WE ALL KNOW THEY HATE W, BUT FEW GET HOW MUCH THEY HATE BILL:

Democrats dis DLC convention (David Paul Kuhn, Jul 28, 2007, Politico)

It's a Democratic prom without a king, a queen or really any of the popular kids, only the star quarterback of yesteryear. Three hundred and fifty politicians will be present, key governors to ambitious state legislators, from almost every state.

But none of the eight Democratic contenders for the White House are making time for the Democratic Leadership Council convention Sunday and Monday in Nashville, although DLC staffers sought for weeks to woo the candidates. [...]

The DLC may have reached its heyday in 1992. Two of its founding members, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, won the White House. In subsequent years, Clinton stacked his staff with third-way centrist Democrats like Bruce Reed, now president of the DLC.

Fifteen years later, Bill Clinton is attending the national DLC convention this weekend, sans wife and those who wish to overtake her as the Democratic front-runner.

The DLC is counting on the eventual Democratic nominee to speak next year.

Centrist Democratic governors like Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Brian Schweitzer of Montana will be attending. Still, for some the gathering feels like a concert without the lead acts.

"We invited the candidates. We would have liked to have had them," From said, before claiming his glass was half-full: "President Clinton is not chump change."


Congressional Democrats finally got tired of losing and not only ran to the Right in '06, but installed members who oppose immigration reform, gun control, abortion and the like. At the presidential level though, two disastrous races where the candidate distanced himself from Bill Clinton and the Third Way notion of New Democrats have taught them nothing. The candidates are terrified of being seen by the Party activists to be too close to the governing ideology of the Clinton years, the only successful Democratic presidency since Grover Cleveland.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2007 12:57 PM
Comments

... he's only the chump, not the change.

Posted by: erp at July 28, 2007 2:03 PM

dlc=republican

Posted by: genius at August 2, 2007 11:11 PM
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